Wednesday, July 31, 2013

couscous with onion, cucumber and red pepper

I like grilling fish or chicken for dinner. Sometimes the LAM would grill a steak or lamb chops, which I love too. But I do not always want to have potatoes to go with my chicken or steak, especially on days when I just want something that is not too heavy.

This is when I would make couscous, especially this one which is made with raw vegetables and herbs.

Couscous is amazingly easy to make. There is no cooking involved if you use raw vegetables like I did.

To start, I measured the couscous and placed it into a bowl. I added boiling water, covered the bowl with cling film (make sure the bowl is completely covered) and set it aside for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, I diced the vegetables and chopped the herbs.

At the end of the required 5 minutes, I removed the cling film, and using a fork (no spoons, please!!), I fluffed the couscous.

The herbs and vegetables were added, as well as the extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

Once everything was mixed together, the couscous was ready to be served. Or you can chill it in the fridge (covered) until needed.

LOVE IT!!! :)

Couscous With Onion, Cucumber and Red Pepper  (Serves 4)

1 cup couscous
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1 Japanese cucumber, peeled and cut into small pieces
1/2 red pepper, de-seeded and cut into small pieces
1/2 red onion, diced
1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 bunch coriander, chopped
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Place couscous in a bowl. Pour boiling water over couscous. Cover with cling film and set aside.
2. After about 5 minutes, remove cling film.
3. Using a fork, fluff the couscous.
4. Add all ingredients, and season to taste.
5. Serve immediately, or keep chilled in fridge until needed.


  1. u never fail to amaze me with the things you cook up everyday ! I am truly inspired :) Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes !

    I can't seem to leave comment with my URL ... so I am using my old google account


    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for leaving a comment!! And also for the encouragement! :)